The artistic masterpiece of Chinese classical gardens
A classical technique in China
Over one thousand years
The most famous classic Chinese Jiangnan style gardens & The excursion to Tongli ancient water town
Suzhou is located in the center of the Yangtze Delta. Since 42% area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, it is praised as the "Oriental Venice".Together with fertile landscape and abundance of produce, there is no wonder that Suzhou is called "the Heaven on earth".
Built in 514 BC, Suzhou is an ancient city with a 2,500 years' history. The unique characteristics of the past have been well retained. The double-chessboard layout of the city, with 'the streets and rivers go side by side while the water and land routes run in parallel', are preserved basically intact. Strolling the streets, you can feel the unique lingering charm of this landscape left by its long history.
Your private guide and driver in Shanghai will escort you from Shanghai to Suzhou today. It takes about 60 minutes.
Together with Hangzhou, Suzhou is honored as "the Heaven on earth" for its charming environment. Built as a city 2,500 years ago, the extensive history endowed Suzhou with a great number of historical sites. The traditional Chinese garden and the Grand Canal are two of the most outstanding sites. Today is packed with key sights:
The Humble Administrator's Garden: It is the largest classical garden in this region and praised to be one of the top four gardens in China. Centered on water, the garden will explain the poetic inhabitation with peculiar artificial hills, unique plants, and elegant pavilions and corridors.
The Lingering Garden: Smaller than a half of the Humble Administrator's Garden. It is outstanding for picturesquely ordering the numerous buildings inside, even creating idyllic scenery.
The Grand Canal: Similar to the Great Wall, the ancient Grand Canal with a history of more than 1,000 years is the greatest engineering achievement in China. You will take a motorboat to cruise on the canal.
The Rickshaw Ride: Running through the old streets and hutongs in the old city area. You will see the original layout of the old Suzhou.
Visiting Jinji Lake at night.(Optional)
With a history of more than 1,000 years, you will discover the ancient China used to be by strolling around the quaint older-style town. You will find that almost every residence in Tongli Town is built by a canal. You can walk and appreciate the canal scenery as paths line the numerous canals being crisscrossed by bridges. The profound history and culture of the town is also worthy to discover.
You will also take a boat to cruise on the canals.
After finishing today's discovery, you will be transferred back to Shanghai.